Wednesday, 22 October 2014

styling: reading nook

This is one of those blog posts, which I use to play with ideas or to think out loud about a space in my own home. This time it's the reading nook, or the sitting area. We have been living in this house for a few months now and our ideas of what to do with each space are slowly coming together. In my experience it's never good to rush into anything. Instead of buying the things you need, I find it better to wait and see how a space/home grows on you. Maybe it's the arrival of Christmas that makes me want to finish styling the reading nook, which is in the living room and has two chaise lounges, a coffee table between them, and a glass fireplace (electric). I'm just finding it difficult to decide on the colour palette.

Currently we have a whitish wool rug on the floor and a few mainly bluish accessories on the table, and to pop things up I just rearrange the books regularly and add fresh flowers. I have always leaned towards cushions in soft yellow tones and currently I have a crush on this suede cushion from French Connection Home that fits with everything. They also have this block printed rug in blue and white that I really like. The only problem is that the rug is too small for the space so I would have to find another one. I just cannot decide whether to go for a patterned rug in light colours (see also the top rug in this post from West Elm) or to choose a rug that has deeper tones.
When I look at the two stylish spaces featured in this post part of me thinks we should keep the neutral rug and use cushions, blankets, and other home accessories to style the space according to the seasons. A neutral rug on the floor gives us endless possibilities and we would never grow tired of the space. However, a patterned rug in ethnic style definitely defines a space and adds depth if its colours are deep. Sometimes I wonder if I will ever reach a decision!
photo credit:
1: Nuevo Estilo via Planete Deco | 2: cushion • French Connection Home | 3: rug • French Connection Home | 4: Roger Davies for Architectural Digest, March 2012

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

drawing with light 41

Oscar de la Renta (1932-2014)

photo credit:
Platon Antoniou

Monday, 20 October 2014

irresistible heathers

When listening to people (perhaps I should say women) speaking about autumn obsessions they are usually referring to clothes and accessories. For me this autumn it's heathers in all colours and shades, especially the deep blue and pink ones. These beauties recently caught my attention at Walkers Nurseries, my favourite garden centre in the area (remember the autumn colours last week?). Before the end of October I have a plan to make our mainly green garden more colourful. I love conifers but I a bed of blue and pink heathers will definitely add more charm.
photo credit:
Lisa Hjalt

Friday, 17 October 2014

outdoor living

Outdoor living is a series on the blog that contains stylish outdoor living areas and sometimes al fresco table settings. It's about celebrating being outdoors all year round!
In this week's outdoor living series I wanted to not only give a nod to autumn but also embrace its arrival. Do you remember a blog post where I suggested celebrating the season of summer properly? This is the same thing but now it's a proper autumn dinner with roasted marshmallows for dessert (I would buy mine in health food stores). I found this old feature on the website of Style Me Pretty Living styled by Jennifer Carroll, who calls it an impromptu "Gather ‘Round the Fire” party. I'm hooked! I wish I had a spacious patio and an outdoor fireplace to copy this kind of feast. Well, over here it's not the right weather for a dinner outdoors but a weekend lunch would be perfect, perhaps with everyone wrapped in blankets.

photo credit:
Jen Fariello Photography for Style Me Pretty Living • styling: Jennifer Carroll

Thursday, 16 October 2014

autumn colours at Walkers

Starting this blog post with a quote from F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, "Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall", would have been perfect. However, this autumn season in South Yorkshire (my first) isn't quite crisp, yet. Indeed it's mild and rainy, and there is certainly no reason to complain. Our house is surrounded by evergreens, mainly tall cypress trees, and it wasn't until yesterday that I really noticed the arrival of autumn when I spent some time at Walkers Nurseries garden centre. In the Chinese section of their gardens I vividly saw the orange and yellow shades, beautifully contrasted with the greens all around. I had almost forgotten how much I love this season. Almost! I decided to return to Walkers today and as I write this, I'm sitting at their café, enjoying a latte, and thinking about what to photograph next.
I will be back tomorrow with 'outdoor living'. Have a wonderful (autumn) day!

photo credit:
Lisa Hjalt
- October day at Walkers Nurseries, Blaxton, Doncaster, South Yorkshire

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